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Abrasion Resistant Rail Hose Covers for Yellow Plant and Track Maintenance Machines


Flotec advises applying the Gates MegaTuff and XtraTuff hose coverings to the hoses of yellow plant and track maintenance machines.

Track maintenance (yellow plant) machines and their hydraulic hoses are exposed to frequent abrasion by the very nature of work duties such as clearing trees and track ballast maintenance.

Further complications are caused by hoses rubbing together through compact and heavy working conditions.


Flotec have partnered with Gates to offer the latest EN 45545-2 firesafe hose solution by creating the MegaTuff and XtraTuff branded range of hose cover products for yellow plant and track maintenance rail clients who have a specific need to reduce failure to machinery.

MegaTuff provides a long-lasting solution to hose abrasion due to its innovative cover made from a unique hybrid compound. Additional benefits include resistance to oil, ozone, UV rays, chemicals, and general weathering.

MegaTuff has been proven to be over 300x more abrasion resistant than other hose products on the market thanks to its specially bonded material which makes it resistant to peeling.

The XtraTuff product is ideal for heavy working conditions requiring hose flexibility and reverse bending capabilities in environments such as track and rail maintenance.

Incredibly robust and flexible, XtraTuff is 25x more abrasion resistant than standard hydraulic hose coverings and meets ISO 6954 standards.


















Case Study

Flotec was approached by a yellow plant client who were experiencing frequent hose failures on their Plasser RM 900-RT unit specifically located in the trough arms that dig in and lift the track.

This area of the machine was particularly troublesome where hoses were being replaced on average every two weeks due to persistent wear and tear.

By introducing Railtec MegaTuff hose to the machinery, this continual failure was prevented. The solution provided a labour and material saving of £28,000 across a 12-month period.



Flotec further supports yellow plant and track maintenance with additional products and services designed to reduce critical downtime and minimise cost as much as possible.

Mobile emergency call-out vans do serve a purpose but often, their hoses do not meet specific rail standards.

Combine this with a waiting time, a far superior product can be installed whilst keeping disruption to work to a minimum.

Flotec can provide a Gates self-assembly machine and all necessary training to allow teams to make, assemble and install their own hoses.

Additionally, Flotec has designed a series of spare hose packs to be stored on machines so that, if in the event of  hose failure, there is a readably available supply of spare hoses, immediately to hand and ready for instant installation.

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